Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg claimed his first Grand Prix victory yesterday as he clinched the victory in China.

It was the first victory for Mercedes since the Italian Grand Prix back in 1955 and it was Rosberg's first win in over a hundred Formula One races.

It had been a great weekend for Mercedes as Rosberg was on pole alongside his team-mate Michael Schumacher after Lewis Hamilton was given a five place grid penalty.

But it was not to be a dream one/two victory for Mercedes as an error in the pit with Schumacher's tyres saw him unable to finish the race.

And it was Rosberg who streaked away in the middle of the race leaving everyone else battling for second spot.

After an eventful afternoon it was Jenson Button who snatched that second spot while Hamilton finished third in another strong weekend for McLaren.

Mark Webber finished fourth while defending champion Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in fifth, despite starting eleventh on the grid.

Speaking to the BBC after the race Rosberg said: "Unbelievable feeling, very cool, very happy, very excited.

"It's been a long time coming for me and the team also. It's amazing, and it's really nice to see how quickly we are progressing, I didn't expect to be that fast."

And while Rosberg celebrated victory the excitement in the race had been behind the leader as Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber and Kimi Raikkonen had all battled for second spot.

But Raikkonen's hopes of a podium finish faded towards the end of the race as his two stop strategy didn't work and his tyres let him down - he eventually finished in fourteenth.

Button, Hamilton and Webber were all able to get the better of Vettel in the dying stages of the race.

Hamilton now leads the driver's championship after three races on forty five points, just two ahead of Button.

Fernando Alonso is third on thirty seven while Mark Webber is in fourth with thirty six, eight points clear of Vettel in fifth.

This weekend sees then race at the Bahrain Grand Prix - which will go ahead despite unrest in the country.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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